The Society College of Arms runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath King of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the March 2018 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Ann MacWard. Badge. Or, on a lotus flower in profile purpure a wolf’s head cabossed argent, in chief two wolf’s heads couped respectant gules.

Antonii Machinevik. Badge. (Fieldless) On a paw print sable an ansuz rune Or.

There is a step from period practice for use of a paw print.

Ari haustmyrkr Þorbrandsson. Alternate name Kiyohara no Ariyasu.

Balli Hrolfsson. Alternate name Skáldi Skáldason.

Bethia MacCahan. Name and device. Per pale vert and azure, a fox rampant Or between three candlesticks argent.

MacCahan is the registered byname of the submitter’s brother and thus can be used by this submitter under the Existing Registration Allowance, PN1B2g, without requiring new documentation.

Bjorn Hrafnsson ins Irska. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Submitted as Bjorn Hrafnsson inn Irski, the name as submitted was not grammatically correct. When a descriptive byname, such as inn Irski, follows the father’s name rather than the personal name, it refers to the father and must take the genitive (possessive) form. Therefore, we have changed the name to Bjorn Hrafnsson ins Irska to use the genitive form of the descriptive byname.

If the submitter intended the epithet “the Irish” to apply to him and not to his father, the name would be rendered as Bjorn inn Irski Hrafnsson. If the submitter prefers this form, he may make a request for reconsideration.

The submitter requested authenticity for “Icelandic Hiberno-Norse, 10th-11th century.” All of the name elements are from Landnámabók, which chronicles the history of the 9th-10th centuries in Iceland. Therefore, this name is likely authentic for 10th century Iceland.

Ciar of Skye. Badge. (Fieldless) On a wolf’s paw print gules a sun Or.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a paw print.

Dagbj{o,}rn Stefánsson. Name.

Dorian fauconniere. Name and device. Per pale embattled gules and argent, a fox and a dragon rampant addorsed counterchanged.

Faolán an Sccreccain. Device. Argent, two porcupines statant erect respectant maintaining between them two pens in saltire, a mountain of three peaks sable.

Guillermo de Arenas. Name.

Nice late 16th century Spanish name!

Hal Matthew. Name and device. Sable, a cross gules fimbriated between four open books, a bordure argent.

Isibél Óg. Name and device. Or, a cross of chain purpure between four four-leaved clovers vert.

Nice Irish Gaelic name for the 15th and 16th centuries!

Jacques de Villiers Saint Oryen. Name and device. Azure, in pale a rapier fesswise and a ram’s head cabossed, a chief argent.

Commenters questioned whether a compound place name such as Villiers de Saint Oryen would be used in its entirety in a recorded name. Heralds at the Pelican decision meeting found a number of examples of compound place names in recorded French bynames: de Ville-Neuve- Flaonniau (1292 Paris); de Bac-le-Duc (1292 Paris); du Bourc-l’Abbe (1292 Paris); de Boc Evrart (1438 Paris); de Bry sur Marne (1421 Paris). Based on these examples, this name can be registered as submitted.

Justin Turner. Device. Argent, a fret sable between in cross three cogwheels vert and a grenade proper.

Kamejima Matasaburou Takauji. Name change from Kamejima Saburou Takauji and device change. Vert, three laths fretted in triangle inverted argent.

The submitter’s previous name, Kamejima Saburou Takauji, is released.

The submitter’s previous device, Vert, three lathes fretted in triangle within an annulet argent, is retained as a badge.

Leifr ogæfa Vagnsson. Name and device. Per pale sable and vert, a raven and on a chief argent a sword sable.

Léonete d’Angely. Badge. (Fieldless) A quatrefoil quarterly gules and argent.

Leyli Shirazi. Name.

Submitted as Leyl{i} Shirazi, the use of the undotted {i} character is not correct; it should be transliterated as LeyliiLeyl{i-} or Leyli. We have changed the name to Leyli Shirazi for registration. If the submitter prefers one of the other transliterations, she may make a request for reconsideration.

Lucius Erucius Germanicus. Name and device. Argent, a three-headed dog rampant contourny tailed of a serpent’s head and on a chief sable a lightning bolt argent.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a lightning bolt outside a thunderbolt.

Melisande de la Mer. Device. Azure, on a bend sinister between an increscent moon and a sun in his splendor Or three mullets azure.

Mercy Loveday. Name and device. Per chevron inverted vert and argent, a unicorn’s head couped ermine and two irises in pile azure slipped and leaved vert.

Nice 16th century English name!

Nadezhda Voronova. Augmentation of arms. Per pale sable and gules, an orle of mice statant argent, and as an augmentation within the orle a rose argent.

Østgarðr, Crown Province of. Badge association for Order of the Seahorse. (Fieldless) A brown natural seahorse proper.

Østgarðr, Crown Province of. Badge association for Populace. (Fieldless) A seahorse erect azure, hoofed, orbed and crined Or.

Qwyntyn Mackinnon. Name and device. Per chevron azure and argent, in base a rat rampant gules.

Nice 16th century Scots name!

Reinhard Döbbeler. Name and device. Vert, a vol argent surmounted by a sword inverted Or, a chief argent.

Sajah bint Dabbah. Name and device. Per chevron inverted purpure and azure, a chevron inverted embattled counter-embattled argent between in chief two paw prints Or and in base an increscent and a decrescent argent.

There is a step from period practice for the use of paw prints.

Sisuile Butler. Device. Vert, an ounce sejant contourny, forepaw raised Or, a bordure argent.

Tessa Maria da Siena. Name and device. Azure, three cog-wheels and a bordure argent.

Nice Italian name for the 15th or early 16th century!

Nice device!

Thorvald Olafsson Kveld-Hrútssonar. Name and device. Gules, in pale a plate and a ram’s skull argent.

Submitted as Thorvald Olafsson Kveld-hrutr_, the element Kveld-hrutr was proposed on the Letter of Intent as a constructed descriptive byname meaning “evening sheep” or “were-sheep.” There is only a single attested example of an Old Norse name using the element Kveld-Kveldúlfr, which means “evening wolf or werewolf.” We have long stated that “a single example does not a pattern make.” [Sigríðr hvíta refr, 1/2013 LoAR, A-Caid]. We also have found no evidence of Old Norse bynames constructed by combining the name of an animal with another adjective, such as a color. [Sorcha rauðrefr, 5/2012 LoAR, R-East]. Finally, werewolves and were-bears are actually found in Norse folklore. Were-sheep are not. Therefore, the constructed descriptive byname Kveld-hrutr is not registerable because it does not follow a documented naming pattern.

However, Hrútr is an Old Norse given name and Kveld-Hrútr follows the attested pattern of a given name with a prepended byname. With the submitter’s permission, we have changed the name to Thorvald Olafsson Kveld-Hrútssonar, meaning Thorvald, son of Olaf, grandson of Kveld-Hrútr, a documented Old Norse naming pattern.

The submitter requested authenticity for Old Norse. Even as changed, this name does not meet this request because Thorvald is a 15th century Norwegian form, not an Old Norse one. The Old Norse form of the given name is Þórvaldr or Thorvaldr (using a simplified transliteration). If the submitter prefers this form, he may make a request for reconsideration.

Artist’s note: Please draw the plate larger to fill the available space.

Úlfr l{o,}gmaðr. Name and device. Quarterly sable and azure, a water wheel and a bordure argent.

Submitted as Úlfr logmaþor, the byname was misspelled. We have corrected the name to Úlfr l{o,}gmaðr (using an o-ogonek) to use the attested form of the byname.

Ysabella de Conventre. Alternate name Cenn Fáelad na Cairrce.

The submitter requested authenticity for “1050 CE Ireland”. This is an authentic Gaelic name for that general time period.

Ysabella de Conventre. Device change. Per pale sable and vert, a fox courant and on a chief argent three increscents sable.

The submitter’s previous device, Per fess sable and vert, an increscent and a pawprint argent, is retained as a badge.


EAST returns

Bjorn Hrafnsson ins Irska. Device. Per chevron argent and vert, two ravens respectant sable and a sun Or.

This device is returned for conflict with the device of Þórmundr inn landverski, Per chevron argent and vert, two ravens respectant sable and a valknut argent. There is one CD for collective changes to the charge in base. Per SENA A5C2d, the bottommost of three charges 2&1 is deemed to be “half the group” for conflict purposes. However, SENA A5C2d also puts a cap on the amount of difference we can get for changes to that special case “half”. The cumulative difference for all changes to the bottommost charge here is one DC.